I've found some plant macrofossils I've not seen before and would
appreciate any opinions on thier identity.
They are present in very low quantities from some samples of Neolithic
peat from the foreshore/intertidal zone of the River Thames. These samples
have produced diverse and well-preserved plant macrofossils dominated by
Alnus catkins and seeds and seeds of aquatic and semi-aquatic plants. Wood
and buds are also present. The first two images are of the item seeming
most complete. I first picked this out thinking it was a bud. Something
seems to be enclosed. I'm reluctant to peel it apart to find out what
because its my only complete example. There is a distinct ridged
'wave-like' pattern on the surface of these fragments. Its likely that I'm
seeing bits of a familiar plant I've not seen before in less
I can take more photos if these don't seem clear. I'm trying out new
equipment so I can only improve on these efforts.
I look forward to any ideas because I've looked through manuals and
reference material and I'm completely baffled.
Lisa Gray MSc BA hons AIFA
Part-time student MA Maritime Archaeology